The World Olivet Assembly (WOA) General Office has encouraged pastors, ministers and mission workers in its network to look at God first and live with gratitude, joy and brightness in the new year of 2021. As the Apostle Paul calls on believers to offer their bodies to God as a living sacrifice, we are called today to fully focus our lives on Him.
'Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.' - Romans 12:1
As the pandemic led to social distancing measures, confining many people to their homes and moving many activities online, there are also many who may find it more challenging to be refreshed spiritually and also physically.
Therefore, it is all the more important to put our focus on God, on His Word and the love that He has given us in Jesus Christ. Filled with the gratitude and joy of salvation and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we can be refreshed daily and be cleansed of sinful habits from the past.
WOA leaders and members are called to wake up early and begin the day with a morning service looking at Scripture. As we fill ourselves with God's truth, our hearts and minds will be bright and joyful to do God's work. And we are able to overcome the temptations, fears and worries of the world, just like Jesus overcame temptation by quoting Scripture (Matthew 4:1-11) and reminded us that if we seek His Kingdom, everything else will be given unto us (Matthew 6:33).
In addition to waking up early, the WOA General Office also advised leaders and members to sleep early, eat healthily and exercise daily, in order to keep the body fit and healthy, especially during the time of pandemic.
May 2021 be filled with newness in Christ personally and in each church and ministry, so that God's Kingdom may advance and bring hope to many more people this year.